U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison announced Thursday that she won't seek re-election next year, prompting an immediate flurry of speculation about successors, early positioning by potential candidates and a decisive “no” from a prominent Democrat who once had his eye on the job.
“Sen. Hutchison has worked hard for Texas for many years,” former Houston Mayor Bill White wrote in an e-mail. “I wish her and her family well. I look forward to going back into business this year, and will not run for the U.S. Senate in 2012.”